Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Affection

Spooning

Caesar and Mac enjoying some quality cuddle time in one of the kitty beds.  (Good thing the human buys extra-large beds.)

 

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Cookie Jar

The kitties each get 2 raw freeze-dried treats from the “cookie jar” in the morning. This temporarily fills big holes in little tummies and buys the human a bit of time to get their soft food prepared before the yowling begins.  Originally, the human used to toss treats around on the floor and invite each cat to go chase down the snacks. Most would literally hunker down and stare at the human as if she was crazy. Even when the human managed to successfully get a snack to land right beside a cat, the cat usually could not be bothered to turn and nibble. However, if the human kneels down on the floor and puts all the treats out in front of the cats, then they are happy to eat. While one could never really say they are well behaved as the human prepares to divvy up snacks, they are remarkably restrained given how they act at other times.The trick is not to stay and enjoy watching them nosh on their nibbles, but to quickly put the lid back on and run to the kitchen and get the soft food prepared as soon as possible. Some mornings the human remembers the bigger goal; some mornings she just enjoys watching the penta pack enjoy their treats. Those days she deserves the yowling that follows.

 

 

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What is that Lump?

The other morning, the human spied a lump under the furry blanket on the bed.  Notice the tail tip sticking out? Now who could that be?Ah, wouldn’t you know it’s Pepe!

 

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How to Help a Sick Human Recover

Ah, your human is waylaid with influenza? That’s bad luck on your part as that means she’ll be focused on her own survival and not on your whims and desires.  The trick is to help your human recover so quickly that she once again returns to her role of faithful servant.  Here are some pointers.

  1. Do settle your 18 lb bulk on the human’s ribs and chest — all the better if you’re pressing down on one lung. The human will thank you later for helping strengthen her breathing.
  2. Push your face up really close to the human’s. Make sure your whiskers tickle her face.  Breathe on her (even if it means she breathes on you too). Reach out and lick her chin.  If she still doesn’t respond, step on her chin with one of your paws and press down. Guaranteed that will make her sit up.
  3. If she’s whimpering in a fetal curl, walk up and down her achy hips and legs. That may help ease some of her joint pain. Or not.
  4. If you can get her to lift the covers so you can slide under, fall asleep in her arms. When you wake up, make sure to reach up and poke her in the face. You want to make sure she’s still breathing.
  5. Human not doling out snacks and pets? Jump up on her and push your fluffy fur into her face.  That will help her breathe better.  Try clawing the pillows around her face to see if she responds.
  6. Yowl every 3 hours for food even if there are 3 kinds of food already laid out on the floor. (You can’t seriously be expected to have to eat old food from dirty bowls.) This way she doesn’t fall into a coma (or get much sleep).  If she cusses and snarls from her deathbed about all the food that’s out on the floor, jump up on her in bed and sing a song.  She’ll relax and stop the bad behavior. Just as she’s about to fall asleep, jump on her bladder or walk on her head. The latter is always helpful with influenza, since her head feel like it’s caught in a giant pair of vice grips anyway. Yelling will make her headache worse and will intensify the pain in every corner of her skull, including her teeth.  You’ve done your job. She’s still alive!
  7. Tag team her with your best pals.  Make sure she is surrounded and that everyone is singing songs to help her feel better.  Lull her back to sleep…for the moment.  Then repeat the above.

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Red in Bed

Need we say more?

 

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An Unlikely Pairing

The cats never cease to amaze the human.  Certain personalities that don’t get along most of the time can suddenly be found cuddled together.  Take this sequence of shots of Pepe and Fireball on the back of the couch. (And note that Corky is sitting nearby in the bottom left of the frame.)  Pepe often chases Fireball. While I don’t believe he means any harm by this — he chases anything that moves and half the things that don’t some days — still he scares Fireball because he’s so big and aggressive. Yet here they sit quite close without any concerns whatsoever…at least none that they showed. (Fireball would have been out of there if he felt the least bit threatened.) Go figure!

 

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Of Course they Didn’t Like it!

Silly human. She brought home two new poofy cat beds for the meows the other night and gleefully presented her gifts to the Feline Fraternity. Sure enough, they showed up and sniffed the new additions over. However, no one could be coaxed into getting inside or even looking inside either ultrasoft kitty bed. To add insult to injury, the human also found some new bowls for their kitty feeding station upstairs. The ceramic was wrapped in crackly paper to protect it as it left the store. The human put the crackly paper down on the floor and several of the cats had a great time burrowing under the sheets.  Meanwhile, the new cat beds got ignored. Cats! Can’t live with them; can’t live without them.

 

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Return of the Merkitty

Well, the human recently made the mistake — several times in fact — of mentioning that Macaroni must have finally grown up, as there had been no Merkitty Puddles left in the house for at least 6 months.

The little She-Monster must have heard, as we’ve had floods every day this week on two floors of the house.  As you can see from the splash pattern, she only seems to throw water in one direction.  Such a Merkitty!

 

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You WILL Let Me Wash Your Face!

This is Caesar in action.  Imagine having your head and neck mangled like that.Clearly Fireball had a dirty ear or face or whiskers that needed scrubbing.  Equally clearly, Caesar decided that the Little Red Bee wasn’t equipped to do the work on his own, so The Big Guy came to the rescue.It’s a wonder Fireball’s neck isn’t out of kilter after all of that mauling with those big paws. And of course with Caesar spit on him, his fur will be standing on end for hours.  However, at least it will be clean!

 

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The Paw Dangle Variations

Here are the kitties trying out some new variations on the paw-dangling phenomenon that is so prevalent in this house.First you have the “twoferone” variation, which Caesar and Mac are demonstrating with grace. And then you have Caesar and Fireball showing us how to do the paw stack with double-swept reverse paw positioning.  It’s a very sweet options for best buddies — especially when you have a younger kitty who mimics everything the older kitty does.Of course, here’s the Trio demonstrating the triple stack with the top two layers somewhat rearward of the lowest. Mac is contributing two paws to Caesar’s one (although he’s spreading his toes and extending his claws).  Fireball is just ignoring the whole thing.  This position is also a variation of the puppy pile with three kitties. Caesar was there first, later joined by Fireball.  Mac had to mash herself between both of them as she always wants to be in the middle of all the action.

In all the decades the human has cohabited with cats, she doesn’t remember any group of felines who did this amount of paw dangling.  They do it at any and all times of year, so it’s not just because it’s been hot and their feet are toasty.

 

 

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